This weeks iconic design is a collaboration between Cedric Gibbons,  George Stanley and Sachin Smith. It is of course the Academy Award Trophy more commonly referred to as the Oscars.

Designed in 1929, the award hasn’t changed significantly since its creation. The gold figurine  depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes are representative of the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.

The name Oscar is somewhat a mystery as no one story can be attributed to it, there are lots of people claiming they thought up the name and not even the awarding body is sure on the truth. This however can add mystery to the design.

I think this is a good example of when a design works and is recognisable don’t change it, at least not significantly!